New Space Station Crew At Launch Site

Expedition 44 crew members Kjell Lindgren , Oleg Kononenko and Kimiya Yui pose with their Sokol launch and entry suits July 11 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Image Credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center

Expedition 44 crew members Kjell Lindgren , Oleg Kononenko and Kimiya Yui pose with their Sokol launch and entry suits July 11 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Image Credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center

July 14, 2015 – A new trio of space station crew members arrived at the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Friday to complete mission preparations. The Expedition 44/45 crew comprised of Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko and Flight Engineers Kjell Lindgren and Kimiya Yui are preparing to launch July 22 aboard the Soyuz TMA-17M spacecraft for a six-hour ride to the International Space Station.

NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren and his crew mates will join the Expedition 44 crew of NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Roscosmos cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko and Gennady Padalka, who launched to the station in March. Together, the six crew members will continue the several hundred experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science currently underway and scheduled to take place aboard humanity’s only orbiting laboratory.

Lindgren hails from the Midwest, but spent most of his childhood in England. Board certified in emergency and aerospace medicine, Lindgren is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Lindgren received his medical degree from the University of Colorado and began working as a flight surgeon at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston in 2007 before his selection to the astronaut corps in 2009.

Lindgren was originally scheduled to depart for the ISS on May 26, but NASA and its international partners rescheduled the departure after the loss of the Russian Progress 59 cargo craft in April.